Scrap car scams in the UK are on the rise, and when victims unwittingly fall into a fraudster’s trap, it can cost them thousands. However, if you know what to look out for and only scrap your car with reputable buyers, you can prevent this from happening.
Scrap car scams in the UK
There are different types of scrap car scams in the UK, so you need to be aware of what to look out for. Some victims’ vehicles have been sold on to other drivers in a dangerous condition or even used for criminal activity.
There are also ‘cut and shut’ vehicles, which is when the fraudster essentially uses some of your vehicle with another vehicle, jigsaws them together and sells them on without putting the newly formed vehicle through road safety tests. Needless to say, cut and shut cars pose a huge risk to driver and road safety.
Scammers may also take your car and never process the paperwork, meaning the car is still registered in your name. If the car is then caught speeding for example, you would receive the fines as you are liable.
How to avoid scrap car scams
It always pays to do your research first. If you’re scrapping your car, you should look into the background of the company.
Do they have a physical address? Are they listed in telephone directories? Do they have an established online presence? Asking these questions will give you a good indication of how legitimate a business is.
Use an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)
In the UK, you can only scrap a car legally if you’re an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). If you check with the company, they should be able to provide proof they’re an ATF if you ask for it.
This will mean they’re licenced and monitored by the Environment Agency, and fully comply with the standards in the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) regulations.
Get a Certificate of Destruction
When you scrap a car in the UK, you should always receive a Certificate of Destruction, which proves you don’t have any further responsibility for the vehicle. Without this, you could still be liable for certain types of future use.
Once you receive your certificate, you are officially de-registered from the vehicle through the DVLA.
Here at Scrap Car Comparison, we work with vetted and professional buyers who have all been checked for quality of service and customers satisfaction ratings. When you enter your registration and post code into our Scrap Car Calculator, you can be certain you will receive quotes from trusted and reliable buyers who can scrap your car in a hassle-free way.
All of the quotes are guaranteed prices with no hidden charges, and you will also get free collection from our professional buyers. If you would like to see what you can get for your scrap car from local and vetted buyers in your area, use our quote form or get in touch with our UK experts on 03333 44 99 50.